Ellison: US should provide aid to Gaza

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Wednesday said that the U.S. and international community should provide humanitarian aid to Gaza amid the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

"The people of Gaza are in desperate need of humanitarian aid and the United States and our international partners should help provide it," Ellison said.

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Ellison added that any countries providing aid should ensure it actually reaches civilians in Gaza.

"Our government should also coordinate with the international community and the Palestinian Authority to ensure that any humanitarian effort in Gaza empowers the civilian population. We cannot allow terror organizations to prevent the international community from helping those who need it most," Ellison said.

Ellison urged both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict to reach a long-term solution during the cease-fire.

"The parties must use this ceasefire as an opportunity to return to permanent status negotiations – simply agreeing to postpone the war is not enough," Ellison said.